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Publishing Original Content Remains Relevant

(ithenticate.com/): On or offline, it is a publisher or web site's responsibility to ensure that the content they publish is original. Maintaining a standard of originality is integral because it protects an author's intellectual property. It also ensures that creativity continues to be a driving force in determining the best content out there - not who has the better ability to copy, paste and re-distribute.
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Why Open is Important: a Discussion with Paul Courant

(scholarlypublishing.org): Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries discusses why openness is important both at the University of Michigan Library and more broadly within higher education. As the publisher open access books, journals, and other scholarly materials, SPO shares Courant's belief that "open is at the essence of academic work," and has been engaged in a decade-long experiment to develop sustainable and cost-effective methods to make scholarly work broadly available to all.
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The Google Book Search Settlement: Some Authors Still Fear It Robs Them of Power at the Bargaining Table

(broadbandbreakfast.com): If a federal district court judge in New York approves of a proposed legal settlement between Google and two major U.S. authors' and publishers' groups, the search behemoth could become the world's largest purveyor and custodian of digital books. So far, Google has scanned more than 12 million books from the collections of various academic libraries both in the United States and abroad. As a point of comparison, the Library of Congress, founded in 1800, houses 32 million books.
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The Brigadoon Library!

(librarything.com): Techcrunch just reported an interesting development with Barnes and Noble's Nook eReader, a feature called "Read in Store." The idea is simple. If you've got a Nook and you're in a physical Barnes and Noble store, you can read any ebook they carry. When you leave the store, the book goes away. As TechCrunch writes, "It's the Brigadoon of ebook reading."
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Green patents corralled

(onlinetmd.com): Driven by efforts to curb fossil-fuel use and concerns about the security of energy supplies, the number of applications for renewable-energy patents is booming. But the patents are scattered across many databases, in different formats that are not readily searchable, leading to a lack of clarity over who owns specific energy-technology patents, and in which regions. This is not only holding up technological progress, it has also become a sticking point in international climate-treaty negotiations.
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